The publishing activity of the Villa Decius Institute for Culture is aimed at presenting the output of artists visiting the Villa within the literary scholarships and residencies. The publications are published in various languages, including in original language versions or translations into Polish or English. The publishing house prepares also publications and studies promoting the values and ideas underpinning the activities of theVilla Decius Institute for Culture.

Kholoud Charaf — Odwrócone niebo / Reversed Sky

Translated by M. M. Dziekan (Polish), L. Price, P. Łyżwiński (English), Znak 2019.

A collection of poems by Kholoud Charaf, a Syrian poet, writer, art critic and activist at the scholarship of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) in the Institute of Culture Villa Decius.

The poems by Kholoud Charaf are modern fairy tales. They describe the world where beauty does not exist without cruelty and the remnants of life are scattered by the wind across the abandoned, dilapidated space. The poet's imagination has creative and imitative power. Colourful pictures of recollections of the bucolic childhood overlap with the landscapes where the traces of the living beings are left but there is no life. Light blue sky crossed by swallows and children’s games are the symbols of the world, the order of which was disturbed by violence. “The Reversed Sky” presents intriguing thoughts of a pacifist for whom the war is a permanent state of imbalance pervading the whole world, not only the Middle East. (material of Znak)

The book was published in cooperation with Znak and inaugurates a publishing series of the Institute of Culture Villa Decius. The publication partner is Krakow UNESCO City of Literature.

The cover illustrations were painted by Reem Yassouf, a Syrian artist living in France.
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